My life has taken some crazy turns in the last month. My family and I are currently preparing for a move out of state. Having spent my entire life as a Californian, I am excited for the adventure that awaits while also nervous, giddy, and BUSY! Needless to say, I haven’t been giving Veggie Grettie much attention lately. Did I mention that my son also broke his wrist…craziness I tell ya!!!
In the midst of the broken wrist debacle, the folks over at Grandma’s Molasses called and provided me with some much needed cooking inspiration and a wonderful distraction to the endless lists of tasks still to be done. I needed some time in the kitchen (my therapy) and here was my excuse. The task I was given was to come-up with a cookie recipe using molasses that wasn’t your standard ginger snap (Put your thinking caps on because YOU will have an opportunity to enter their recipe contest!!!…see below for details).
When it comes to sugar, molasses is one of the all-stars. I am not saying it is OK to go out and over-consume any sugar, but when it comes to molasses it actually does have some redeeming qualities. One hundred grams of molasses contains 50% of the RDA for calcium, 95% of the RDA for iron, and 38% of the RDA for magnesium. I dare you to find another sugar with the same nutrition profile.
When I think of molasses I think of spice and as I pondered spice my mind wandered to Indian flavors which led me to the flavor profile of this cookie. Garam Masala and curry came to mind. Mix that with molasses, honey, and ginger and you have one heck of a cookie on your hands; crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle, not too sweet, and packed with flavor.
INGREDIENTS – Makes 2 dozen 2 1/4″ square cookies1 cup blanched almond flour, packed 1 Tbs Garam Masala 1 tsp curry powder 2 tsp finely shredded fresh ginger 2 Tbs. ghee ( I make my own), room temperature 2 tsp vanilla 2 Tbs Grandma’s Molasses 2 1/2 Tbs. orange honey 1 egg, room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (I used convection bake).
Pack the almond flour when measuring it and then place it in a bowl. Use a fork remove the lumps from the almond flour. Add in the Garam Masala, curry powder, and fresh ginger making sure to distribute the spices well.
Add the ghee and mix well with the fork until small lumps are throughout the crumbly dough.
Add the vanilla, molasses, and honey and stir well.
Lastly, add the egg and stir well until a batter forms.
Pour the batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet carefully spreading it into a thin rectangle. Bake for 8 minutes rotating the cookie sheet half-way through.
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow it to cool to the point where you can safely touch the batter. Make a ball with the batter and roll it out between two sheets on parchment paper until it is 1/8″ thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookie shapes of your choosing (I used a 2 1/4″ square cookie cutter). Roll the excess dough into a ball and repeat the process until you have used-up all the cookie dough.
Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (rotate 1/2 way through). Watch carefully to prevent burning.
Allow the cookies to cool and enjoy!
For a printable version of this recipe CLICK HERE.
1. On Dec. 3rd, Grandma’s Molasses will launch a Facebook recipe submission contest and will showcase 12 featured blogger recipes over 12 days and celebrate recipe sharing in general, so check out their Facebook Page for details.
2. The Cookie Exchange Recipe Submission Contest will begin on Dec. 3rd and is open to the public
3. Entrants are required to submit an original cookie recipe that includes the use of Grandma’s Molasses
4. One lucky winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card and the original recipe will be featured alongside the 12 featured recipes created by our esteemed bloggers
*** I was compensated for this post, however the opinions and content of the post belong solely to me…It is so fun when a company gives you creative control and lets you run with it!
To learn more about molasses click HERE.
6 responses to “MASALA SPICE COOKIES – Gluten Free & Paleo & Recipe Contest FOR YOU!”
Sorry things have been NUTS! Hope your son heals quickly. Good Luck on the Move!!! The cookies sound and look great!
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Good luck on your move and those cookies look amazing!
The cookies sound delicious. I hope your sons wrist heals quickly. We too are planning a move out of state as well mid year next year. I’m pretty sure to the same place. I would love to chat with you about your move as I too am excited for the new adventure yet very nervous. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me on FB.
I can not use ghee or honey but can use the molasses. Can I substitute apple sauce for the ghee and something else for the honey. Can’t take too much sugar. I do love Molasses Cookies and would like to make this recipe work so any help would be appreciated. Seems so strange to bake dough 8 mins then be able to roll it out flat again, cut and bake. don’t know how you ever came up with that idea. I guess that’s why you’re are the cook and I am not. I also can not use eggs, milk, or butter. Good luck with your move…I am not happy with the politics in California but I’ll have to put up with it because I won’t move anywhere else. I am a California Girl! Nancy
Hi Nancy…I’m not sure how they will turn out using applesauce instead of ghee. I am guessing the texture will be different (probably softer vs crispy).
Let me know if you make them with the substitutions and share how they turned out.
We’ve been in Idaho for a year and a half now and absolutely love it! We have lots of friends and family in Ca, so we go back often to visit…best of both worlds.